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🔜 Ahead of the game | It's Royals versus Rovers at the Madejski

Tony Mowbray's Blackburn travel to RG2 for Tuesday night's televised meeting

2 March 2021

Having ended February by returning to winning ways with three points against Rotherham , the Royals will be hoping to record back-to-back wins for the first time since January as Blackburn Rovers visit Berkshire this evening.

Rovers come into their meeting with Veljko Paunović's men winless in their last six, and they will be hoping to avoid a repeat of the reverse fixture, during which Reading put on an emphatic display to coast to a 4-2 win at Ewood Park. 

The Royals meanwhile remain in the top six, and completing the double over Tony Mowbray's side could see them move six points clear of seventh, if results elsewhere go our way.

How to watch

Tonight's meeting with our visitors from Lancashire has been selected for live coverage by Sky Sports, which means on this occasion supporters will not be able to watch via iFollow.

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If you’re not a Sky subscriber, you can get a Day Pass on NOW TV for 24 hours’ worth of access to all 11 Sky Sports channels.

The opposition

Mowbray's Rovers made a blistering start to the season which saw them throw themselves into play-off contention, but a poor run of form that saw them progress through February winless, has seen them tail off to 15th, where they currently sit 12 points beneath the top six.

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Last time out, Rovers earnt a point during a 1-1 draw at home to a 10-man Coventry City side, during which Ben Brereton's opener was cancelled out by Matty James.

Tuesday's visitors' last win came in late January as they edged past Luton Town with a 1-0 win courtesy of top scorer Adam Armstrong.

Club News

🔍 Inside Scoop | Blackburn Rovers

1 March 2021

In January, Rovers bolstered their ranks with the additions of Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Jarrad Branthwaite and Harry Pickering, the latter of whom returned on loan to his former team Crewe Alexandra until the end of the season.

One to watch: Adam Armstrong

As the division's second top scorer with 19 goals, it goes without saying that Armstrong has enjoyed a successful season to date, having already exceeded his tally from the previous campaign.  

The Newcastle-born former England U21 international has been integral to Mowbray's high-scoring Rovers side despite their recent drop in form, and his strikes have earnt Blackburn wins over Coventry City, Birmingham City, Wycombe Wanderers, Derby County and Lancashire rivals Preston North End to name but a few. 

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The 24-year-old began his career with his boyhood Magpies in the North East, and during his 12 years on Tyneside, he registered 21 appearances for Newcastle but failed to find the net for his local team.

While at St James Park, Armstrong enjoyed successful loan stints with Coventry, Barnsley, Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn, for whom he later signed on a permanent basis in August 2018. Since arriving at Ewood Park, he has scored over 50 goals.

Pre-match chat

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Head-to-head

Reading will be hoping to record successive wins over Blackburn for the first time since April 2017, having beaten them in this season's reverse fixture following an impressive 4-2 victory over Mowbray's men at Ewood Park. 

Goals from Yakou Meite, Michael Olise, Josh Laurent and Lucas Joao saw the Royals to victory in Lancashire back in October.

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Our last home victory over Rovers came in February 2019, when a John Swift effort and a late Nelson Oliveira strike gave us three points during a 2-1 win.

There have been a total 24 meetings between the teams, of which Reading have won six and drawn nine.

Ref watch

Gavin Ward will be the man in charge of proceedings on Tuesday night, for what will be his third Reading game of the season.

Ward has already taken charge of two Royals fixtures this season, our 1-0 win over Watford in October 2020, and our 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest as fans returned to the Madejski in December 2020.

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Graham Kane and Akil Howson will assist Ward during the week, while Lee Swabey will be the fourth official on this occasion.

During Ward's 21 league games to date, he has issued 62 yellow cards and three additional red cards.

Notes from STAR

Supporters' Trust at Reading have put together their 'programme notes' ahead of the game, which you can access by clicking here.

Reminder

A polite reminder to our supporters that no unauthorised access will be permitted to this game, so supporters must not travel to Madejski Stadium.

We can’t wait to see you all again soon – but for now it’s important that when we play, please stay away.


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